2020 Hill Towns of Italy

Sept. 15 – 23
Tour Operator: AHI Travel (Read additional tour details here.)
Price: From $3,295 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 9 days
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Embrace Tuscany and its romantic Old World way of life on a seven-night journey based in the hilltop town of Cortona, the romantic walled-city that set the scene for much of the film Under the Tuscan Sun. Venture out to sip Brunello di Montalcino at a family-owned winery and savor locally produced cheeses and prosciutto at Val d’Orcia. Survey the cypress-dotted Umbrian landscape from hilltop Orvieto. Delight in Orvieto’s captivating piazzas and feast your eyes on dazzling mosaics inside its massive cathedral. Stroll ancient streets in Montepulciano and marvel at Siena’s remarkable Gothic architecture. Linger inside the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, in the lovely hometown of Italy’s patron saint. Along the way, enjoy lunch on a fourth-generation olive farm, and gain insight into Renaissance art, Tuscan cuisine, contemporary Italian life, and more from local experts. This small-group program includes first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan, complemented by wine with dinner.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Florence | Transfer to Cortona
  • Day 3 : Val d'Orcia | Cortona
  • Day 4 : Siena
  • Day 5 : Orvieto
  • Day 6 : Montepulciano
  • Day 7 : Assisi
  • Day 8 : Cortona
  • Day 9 : Transfer to Florence | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All 2020 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.